NEWBURYPORT – The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast season opens Saturday with Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” — the first time the Saturday matinee broadcast season has begun with an opera by a living composer.

The live broadcast can be heard at 1 p.m. on WJOP 96.3 FM in Newburyport.

American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the pharaoh who introduced the concept of monotheism to ancient Egypt.

The cast also features J’Nai Bridges as Akhnaten’s wife, Nefertiti, Dísella Lárusdóttir as Queen Tye, Aaron Blake as the high priest of Amon, Will Liverman as Horemhab, Richard Bernstein as Aye and Zachary James in the speaking role of Amenhotep. Karen Kamensek leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and chorus.

This run marks the Met debuts of Bridges, James and Kamensek. “Akhnaten,” written by Glass in 1983, had its highly acclaimed Met premiere Nov. 8, the third opera by Glass to be presented by the Met, following “The Voyage” and “Satyagraha.” 

The intermissions will include live backstage artist interviews, as well as a conversation with the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb.

Listeners can visit www.Metopera.org/SaturdayMatineeBroadcasts for information about the Met broadcasts.

For details about all Met performances this season, as well as ticket information, visit the Met’s website at www.metopera.org.

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